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:: Across the board ::

This section contains news and analysis of sweeping developments that affect the overall push and pull towards FTAs and bilateral investment treaties. This means major trends relating to bilateralism, often with global consequences, and other cross-cutting issues. New developments arising from US politics, the WTO or South-South alliance-building, for instance, are often reported here as they tend to have systemic impacts.

last update: May 2012

Free trade: a corporate scam
"Free trade" rules are written by corporations to enlarge their freedom to commodify and privatise the last inch of land, the last drop of water, the last seed, the last serving of food, the last byte of information, the last bit of data, knowledge and imagination.
One year on from TPPA mass protests – how we can shape trade for the 99% not the 1%
The governments and corporate lobbies that champion these deals are in a state of denial and desperately trying to rescue their bankrupt model.
Brian Fallow: The TPP is dead - long live what?
Does it mark the end of an era, the death of the Washington Consensus about the liberating power of markets, multilateralism and open economies?
Navarro outlines criteria for ’model’ trade agreements
The Trump administration will be pushing for agreements that tighten rules-of-origin requirements, crack down on steel and aluminum dumping and reduce the trade deficit by requiring nations to buy more U.S. products
As TPP crumbles, people must remain vigilant vs equally unfair bilateral deals
As the United States officially walks away from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the people must remain vigilant over possible replacements.
US to pursue bilateral trade with allies around the globe, asserts Trump administration
The new Trump administration has asserted that it would pursue bilateral trade opportunities with allies around the globe as multilateral trade agreements like TPP are not in interest of the country.
Intensifying global crisis and conflict
On behalf of monopoly firms and local elites, imperialist states have been competing to rewrite international and national legal systems and regulations through trade and investment agreements
Trump will renegotiate our trade deals. Will it really be on behalf of workers?
But the mere act of renegotiating our trade deals doesn’t automatically mean the outcome will benefit the workers.
The rise and fall of mega trade deals
Panel discussing the rise and fall of major trade deals.
Time for a US-Japanese free trade agreement?
If he is serious about keeping free trade alive, then the best place for Trump to start would be with Japan, argues Michael Auslin


  • #A18DoA - Global day of action to defeat free trade and investment treaties
    Website for the global day of action to defeat free trade and investment treaties #A18DoA
  • 21st Century Trade Agreements: Implications for Long-Run Development Policy
    A publication of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. The paper examines the policy space available under various free trade regimes for countries pursuing industrial policies for development.
  • Alianza Social Continental
    La Alianza Social Continental es un foro de organizaciones y movimientos sociales progresistas de las Américas, creado para intercambiar información, definir estrategias y promover acciones conjuntas, todo ello encaminado a la búsqueda de un modelo de desarrollo alternativo y democrático, que beneficie a nuestros pueblos
  • ICC
    International Chamber of Commerce
    A multilingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese) website focusing on social movements and their campaigns, including those against bilateral and regional FTAs.
  • Pambazuka
    In this week’s edition of the Emerging Powers News Round-Up, read a comprehensive list of news stories and opinion pieces related to China, India and other emerging powers...
  • People over profit
    People Over Profit is a campaign network that unites peoples movements and NGOs across the globe to stop free trade agreements (FTAs) and corporate plunder, launched in October 2016.
  • Peoples Global Action
    In February 1998, movements from all continents met in Geneva to launch a worldwide coordination of resistances to the global market, a new alliance of struggle and mutual support called Peoples’ Global Action against "Free" Trade and the World Trade Organisation (PGA).
  • Regional/Multilateral Integration Agreements
    Selected research papers on regional trade agreements, from
  • SOMO
    SOMO links the negotiations and rules on international trade and investment with the actual conduct of corporations within these rules and agreements.
  • South Centre
    An intergovernmental organisation of developing countries
  • Stop fast track!
    10 days to stop fast track in the United States: Jan 22 - 31 2014
  • Third World Network
    TWN’s website is a good source of information and analysis about what’s happening within the multilateral trade system (WTO, UNCTAD, G77, etc).
  • offers a free library of current trade news and resources; a database of dispute settlement tables and statistics; and a user-friendly search tool for legal texts, and other documents.